Family Home Evening-Spiritual Worth

The most recent teaching on our Spiritual Worth

This is on Spiritual Worth taken from Sister Joy B. Jones in the Women’s Session. I LOVE General Conference and want to share what I learned with those I love the most! I have taken several talks from this past General Conference- October 2017- and put together some activities and lessons for all ages.

Song: I Am a Child of God

Scriptures: Romans 8:16, D&C 121:45-46, D&C 18:10 (If you want a scripture to memorize, D&C 18:10 is an easy one)

Story: This sweet story about the worth of Eddie Porter will help children, teens and adults to see worth in others as well as in ourselves.

Teach The Words of Prophets and Latter Day Revelation

I LOVE General Conference and want to share what I learned with those I love the most! I have taken several talks from this past General Conference- October 2017- and put together some activities and lessons for all ages. This is on Spiritual Worth taken from Sister Joy B. Jones in the Women’s Session.

Song: I Am a Child of God

Scriptures: Romans 8:16, D&C 121:45-46, D&C 18:10 (If you want a scripture to memorize, D&C 18:10 is an easy one)

Story: This sweet story about the worth of Eddie Porter will help children, teens and adults to see worth in others as well as in ourselves.

Object Lesson:

Take a new $20.00 bill and show it to the kids. Then crumple it up, say mean things to it, step on it, make it dirty. Now ask id the value of the bill has changed at all. Is it still worth what it originally was?

In October 2017General Conference, Sister Joy B. Jones gave a talk on Spiritual Worth. She quoted President Spencer W. Kimball who said, “Let there be no question in your mind about your value as an individual. The whole intent of the gospel plan is to provide an opportunity for each of you to reach your fullest potential, which is eternal progression and the possibility of godhood.”

Don’t we all need to hear that every day? You have value. You have great worth.

Spiritual Worth and Worthiness

Sister Jones goes on to say, “Let me point out the need to differentiate between two critical words: worth and worthiness. They are not the same. Spiritual worth means to value ourselves the way Heavenly Father values us, not as the world values us. Our worth was determined before we ever came to this earth. ‘God’s love is infinite and will endure forever.’ On the other hand worthiness is achieved through obedience. If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less!”

 

Some great discussions can come out of this article on repentance, judging, how we treat ourselves, how we treat others.

 

Teens: Discussion

Object Lesson- $20.00 bill is good to use with teens because money usually speaks to them. They get it’s worth.

  1. How does the world make us feel like we don’t have worth?
  2. What are things we can do to make us more confident in ourselves before God and man? (D&C 121:45-46)

Action item: I like to leave every lesson whether at church or at home with an action item. When we write things down we are more likely to do them. Talking about things is important but coming up with a way to implement them in our life is even better.

 Action items:

  • do one secret act of service for someone in my home each day- then will my confidence wax strong
  • be more sincere in my prayers so that I have the Holy Ghost with me
  • be more thoughtful in my scripture study and look for ways the Spirit answers my questions through the scriptures
  • Put Sister Jones’ quote (download printable) in a place where I see it every day and am reminded of my worth

Small children:

  1. Read the story “The Worth of Eddie Porter”

2.Discuss how we know Heavenly Father loves us.

3. “I am Christlike” game-

– Everyone take turns saying one thing they think Heavenly Father and Jesus see in us. IE: Charlie notices when his sister is sad and will always come and give her a hug. He is         really good at giving hugs.  Mom is great about building me when I am struggling. I know she loves my by the way she acts, even when I am not as kind as I should be.

(We would include a version of this every week in FHE-we called it Christlike time. We were always on the lookout to “catch” other family members doing something good. Then we would report in in FHE the next Monday. Everyone left feeling good about themselves and wanted to be part of Christlike Time next week.)

4. Object lesson- you can use the money, a special blankey- anything that is important to them. Just because you tear your favorite blankey or get it dirty- doesn’t change the value of it.

Action items for smaller children:

  • secret sibling -choose a name our of a hat and do something kind in secret for that person every day of the week. Surprise them with a sweet picture or note, make their bed, finish their chore for them before they get to it.
  • bake cookies for a neighbor who may need a little extra love. Have your child draw a picture and deliver it with you.
  • draw a picture and put it somewhere where it will be seen often of how you know you are a child of God
  • after you sing I Am a Child of God, discuss what the words mean and how we can help others know their worth as well

TREAT:

Ugly Duckling Bars

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